About

The Worldwide “Rage” of planted aquariums has seen a dramatic increase in popularity here in South Africa the last few years. Whatever the reason, tanks towards the smaller scale are the size of choice for these aquatic gardens, mostly around the 30-80 Liter mark of which the smaller (or Nano) tanks are usually for office desks or small end tables.

Thanks to companies like SCAPE Aquatics and Betterweather we have exceptional quality plants to choose from for these planted tanks, but quality livestock still remained an issue of concern. Commonly found fish at pet stores (most barbs, catfish, cichlids, livebearers and even some tetra’s) proved too destructive for these delicate underwater pieces of art, which opened up the import market.

Unfortunately, a lot of (imported) fish don’t travel well. Be it from poor breeding environments in outside ponds pumped full of anti-biotics, inbreeding, disease, water chemistry, ammonia-poisoning from long flights…the list is endless.

The necessity arose for an alternative. Quality, tank-bred livestock of nano fish for planted aquariums in South Africa. Nano Aquatics was born…

After months of supplying retailers with our top-quality livestock and thanks to social media, word of mouth spread and we started receiving more and more inquiries from outside Gauteng for our livestock. Not only our livestock, but items inside our tanks that we use for breeding, items we didn't realise was problematic to source in many areas of South Africa. Then we started receiving more requests for commonly found items...

We realised there was a major gap in the market that needed to be filled. On social media and platforms like youtube, hobbyists were seeing planted tanks and all the new fish and products that became available in the industry, but they had no means to get their hands on it. Why can you buy a laptop online in South Africa, or groceries, but the fish store industry was still years behind the curve. The few stores that try and run an online section, is still focusing the majority of their attention on their walk-in customers and are seemingly unaware of the online clients waiting for their service as well.

Thanks to the internet, more and more people are being exposed to this beloved hobby of ours. Now it's our duty to bring the hobby to their doorstep. Not everyone has a LFS around the corner, some people in SA literally live hours away from their nearest shop...

NANO AQUATICS simply had to open its "online doors"...South Africa asked...and we listened...